Semaglutide: Learn About This New Weapon in the Weight Loss Battle

Sep 06, 2023

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Semaglutide: Learn About This New Weapon in the Weight Loss Battle

At Memorial Health Urgent Care and Infusions, we want to help you live your healthiest, fullest life. If you’re among the nearly 1 in 3 Americans who are overweight or obese and want to get to a healthier size, we can help. 

Semaglutide is a medication we prescribe to help with weight loss when conventional strategies alone — like diet and exercise — don’t seem to work. 

Semaglutide isn’t a newcomer to the medical world. It was initially developed as a treatment for type 2 diabetes, where it has demonstrated impressive results in improving blood sugar control. However, its ability to help with weight management is also proving impressive.

Here’s what you need to know about semaglutide and how to find out if it’s the right solution for you. The medication is now approved for treating obesity and overweight individuals with specific criteria.

How semaglutide works

Semaglutide belongs to a class of medications known as glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists. These drugs mimic the effects of a hormone naturally produced in the gut that 

helps regulate blood sugar, slows down digestion, and reduces appetite. 

Semaglutide's primary mechanism of action is to help you feel full, leading to reduced food intake and, consequently, weight loss.

The clinical evidence

Several studies, including this one, prove the efficacy of semaglutide in promoting weight loss. Of course, results are best when you combine semaglutide with a calorie-restricted diet and increased physical activity. 

In fact, a study showed that patients can lose up to 6% of their total body weight at three months and up to 11% at six months — a substantial achievement in obesity management.

Candidates for semaglutide

We generally prescribe semaglutide for people with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher or those with a BMI of 27 or higher who have at least one weight-related comorbidity, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea. We carefully consider your health history and weight goals before determining if semaglutide is an appropriate option for your weight loss journey.

Potential side effects include nausea, diarrhea, and headache, so taking it only while under medical supervision is important. These symptoms often subside over time, but it's crucial to communicate with us about any side effects you experience while taking the medication.

A comprehensive weight-loss program

While semaglutide is promising for weight loss, we don’t consider it a standalone solution. It works most effectively when combined with a comprehensive approach to weight management. 

The treatment plan includes adopting a balanced diet, engaging in regular physical activity, and addressing any underlying psychological or emotional factors contributing to overeating. We can help you create a thorough weight-loss plan that helps you lose weight and keep it off for the long term.

Semaglutide is an exciting addition to the options for those struggling with obesity and excess weight. Its ability to reduce appetite and promote weight loss significantly advances weight management. But it’s important to remember that no single medication or treatment can replace the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

If you're considering semaglutide as part of your weight loss strategy, Reach out to Memorial Health Urgent Care and Infusions in Katy, Texas. We also welcome patients from Cypress, Flushear, Brookshire, Sealy, Houston, and Richmond, Texas. Call today or use this website to set up your appointment.